Rode NTG1 Vs NTG2 Comparison
Rode NTG1 AND Rode NTG2 are two the most affordable models in the Rode NTG condenser shotgun series. They each is available much under three hundred dollars, though Rode NTG2 is indeed a few tens of bucks more expensive than Rode NTG1. Regardless of the price difference, these two models look quite similar to each other nonetheless. So, what are actually the differences between them? Which is the one that you should get? Let’s find out below!
Both are condenser shotgun mics. As the effect, they have the typically long and slender body design. Putting the two models next to each other, we can then notice that Rode NTG2 is a little bit longer than Rode NTG1, but their diameters are identical. Rode NTG2 is also slightly heavier than Rode NTG1. Both models feature very rugged and durable metal construction. As both models are condenser microphones, it is not a surprise that they require +48V phantom power to work. However, Rode NTG2 can also work with AA batteries, making it more flexible and versatile in terms of power source requirement. If you work for live recording, for example, and you don’t use any mixer or audio interface that provides phantom power, you can use AA batteries instead. (See also : Rode NTG2 Vs VideoMic Pro Comparison)
|Rode NTG1||Rode NTG2|
|- Includes mic clip, wind shield and zip case||- Broadcast sound quality|
|- Broadcast sound quality||- Low noise circuitry|
|- Low noise circuitry||- Condenser transducer|
|- Super-cardioid polar pattern||- Rugged metal construction|
|- Condenser transducer||- Two step High Pass Filter (Flat/80Hz)|
|- Rugged metal construction||- Low handling noise|
|-10 year extended warranty when you register your microphone||- Low weight - 161g (5.17 oz.)|
Just like most other condenser shotgun mics, Rode NTG1 and Rode NTG2 come with the supercardioid polar pattern. The polar pattern has a strict and narrow pick-up angle, allowing the mic to focus on capturing the sounds from a specific direction while attenuating and rejecting other sound signals coming off-axis from the sides and the rear. Both models are constructed with low-noise circuitries in order to deliver crisp and clear audio reproduction. They both have a self-noise level of barely 18 dB-A. Their sophisticated design also allows for a reduced, very low handling noise for uncompromised audio quality no matter how you move.
Both models have a similar frequency response range, which is 20 Hz – 20 kHz. Such extensive range allows the mics to capture and reproduce lows, mids, and highs very well. The notes are well-staged, solid, and clear. However, Rode NTG2 has been armed with a bigger impedance than Rode NTG1. While Rode NTG1 has a 50-ohm impedance, Rode NTG2 comes with a 250-ohm impedance. A bigger impedance allows a mic to capture and reproduce sounds more accurately and with more details.
Both Rode NTG1 and Rode NTG2 feature the two-step high pass filter, which you can set to be flat or 80Hz for attenuating the lower frequencies. This is useful if you want to eliminate low-frequency noise, such as mechanical vibrations and wind sounds, and focus on the vocals. Each model also comes with a wind shield for rejecting wind and breath sounds as well as providing extra protection to the mic, a mic clip, and a zip case.
Rode NTG1 Vs NTG2
Both Rode NTG1 and Rode NTG2 indeed have exceptional performance. However, we recommend you to choose Rode NTG2. It can work with both +48V phantom power and AA batteries for flexible and versatile usage. Its audio output is also slightly more accurate and precise.